10A NCAC 14J .0601        SUPERVISION

(a)  Officers shall make supervision rounds and directly observe each inmate in person at least twice per hour on an irregular basis.  The supervision rounds shall be documented.  If remote electronic monitoring is used to supplement supervision, it shall not be substituted for supervision rounds and direct visual observation.

(b)  In addition to the supervision rounds required in Paragraphs (a) and (c) of this Rule, each jail shall utilize one or both of the following methods of supervision:

(1)           Direct or remote two‑way voice communication with all confinement units.

(2)           Visual contact either through direct observation or by means of electronic surveillance with all confinement units.

(c)  Officers shall directly observe, at least four times per hour, inmates who display the following behavior:

(1)           physically hitting or trying to hit an officer; or

(2)           being verbally abusive; or

(3)           stating he will do harm to himself; or

(4)           intoxicated, as determined by a score of .15 on a breathalyzer or displaying slurred speech or smelling of alcohol or inability to control body movement; or

(5)           displaying erratic behavior such as screaming, crying, laughing uncontrollably, or refusing to talk at all.

In addition to displayed behavior, a previous record of a suicide attempt or a previous record of mental illness shall warrant observation at least four times per hour.

(d)  Officers shall remain awake at all times.

(e)  Officers shall not be assigned other duties that would interfere with the continuous supervision, custody or control of inmates.

(f)  Female officers shall be on duty when female inmates are confined.

(g)  The sheriff or the administrator of the regional jail shall develop a contingency plan for the supervision and control of inmates during an emergency, and that plan shall provide for the ready availability of extra personnel.

(h)  Inmates shall not be allowed to supervise or assume any control over other inmates.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 153A‑221;

Eff. October 1, 1990;

Amended Eff. June 1, 1992.